Shimla was the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, now the Leh District in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. As you approach Leh for the first time, via the sloping sweep of dust and pebbles that divide it from the floor of the Indus Valley, you'll have little difficulty imagining how the old trans-Himalayan traders must have felt as they plodded in on the caravan routes from Yarkhand and Tibet: a mixture of relief at having crossed the mountains in one piece, and anticipation of a relaxing spell in one of central's Asia most scenic and atmospheric towns. Spilling out of a side valley that tapers north towards eroded snow-capped peaks.

Area 18 sq km
Altitude 2,130 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-12.0 C-29.0 C Winter-0.0 C-16.0 C
Languages Hindi, Himachali, English
STD Code 0177
Rainfall __ cm average yearly
Best Time to Visit Round the year

Shimla Map

How to get there
1. Air :- Shimla is connected by daily Vayudoot flights from Delhi and Kullu. The airport, located at Jubbarhatti, is 23 km from Shimla. Indian Airlines too regularly maintains it flight to jubbarhatti which on regular season time increases its flight to six days a week.

2. Rail:--Shimla is also connected with a broad gauge railway line upto Kalka and after that by a narrow line from where a small train usually called toy train. Kalka to Shimla is 95 km and though the journey takes about 6 hours, the train winds its way through 103 tunnels, and some picturesque scenery. Railcar take about 4 hours. Kalka has direct rail connections with Delhi, Calcutta and Amritsar.
3. Road:-Shimla is connected by road with Kalka, Chandigarh, Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu and with many towns in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

Places to Visit

Jakhu Temple Chirst Chursh
The Mall Viceregal Lodge
Himachal Museum


Kufri Narkanda Chail

The hub of Shimla is the Mall, which runs along the Ridge and is crowded with tourists. It is the city’s most famous shopping center, with shops selling all items, from clothes to junk food. The Ridge is a large open space in the heart of the town and presents excellent views of the mountain ranges. Most of Shimla's landmarks are located here. Being the state capital, handicrafts from all over the state come here for sale. The Mall has some of the good and big names in the garment and textile industry. The State emporium on the Mall offers many handicrafts and handloom items, which are made by the artisans of Himachal. The famous Himachali hat comes in different rates and vivid colors. Lakkar Bazaar is famous for items made from wood. These decorative wooden items are made from the softwood found in the hilly region. Further, dry fruits and natural herbs, which have many medicinal properties, are also easily available in the shops.


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